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Playdate gaming handheld with crank finally in stock

The Playdate is finally in stock, two years after its launch. (Image: Panic)
The Playdate is finally in stock, two years after its launch. (Image: Panic)
The peculiar Playdate gaming handheld with a crank was previously only available with long delivery times of several months in some cases. Now, the device is finally in stock again. Thanks to Playdate's web-based store, far more games are now available than at launch when the catalog was initially limited to 24 titles.

The Playdate gaming handheld was first launched at the beginning of 2022 after a delay, but has since had to contend with constant availability problems as demand outstripped supply.

This is partly because Panic had initially planned to install a CPU of which availability had been affected by the global chip shortage, and even if the situation in the supply chain has since eased, small manufacturers like Panic are unable to adjust production as flexibly as larger corporations. The long wait for an order to be delivered has now come to an end, as Panic recently announced in a press release that the handheld is in stock for a limited time.

Those who order from the online store today can expect the device to be shipped in two to three days and delivered in one week (USA) or 2-4 weeks (international). The gaming handheld costs $199, not including shipping costs or possible import taxes (in the case of international customers). A one-year warranty is provided.

Buyers receive access to a total of 24 games, most of which have been specially developed for the Playdate at no extra cost. Additional games and simple apps such as a calculator can be purchased and downloaded from the Playdate Catalog. Although the graphics are relatively simple thanks to the 2.7 inch black and white display with its resolution of 400 x 240, the crank promises innovative gameplay thanks to new input options.


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Hannes Brecher, 2024-02-20 (Update: 2024-02-20)